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How To Order: This species is sold in quantities of 3 lbs. If you order Qty: 1, you are ordering 3 lbs. Examples: 1 = 3 lbs, 25 = 75 bs.


Common Name: Perennial Ryegrass

Scientific Name: Lolium perenne

Native / Introduced: Introduced

Main Uses:



~Erosion control


Height: 2 - 3 feet

Root Type: Bunchgrass

Growing Season: Cool

Soil Types: Most soils, preferes medium to fine textured soil

Tolerances: Fairly tolerant to saline and acidic soil

Sun or Shade: Full sun and partial shade

Minimum Precipitation: 12 - 14 inches

Elevation: Up tp  10,000 feet

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 5 - 9 lbs /acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 250,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall or spring

Planting Depth: 1/2 - 3/4 inch

Category: Grass



Perennial Ryegrass (Lolium perenne) is a tall, short-lived, cool-season perennial bunchgrass. Originating from Europe, this grass species has been utilized in the United States for forage and turfgrass applications since the late 1700s. It demonstrates adaptability to a wide range of soil conditions, with optimal performance observed on medium to fine-textured soils. Perennial Ryegrass is characterized by its ease of establishment, rapid development, and vigorous growth, making it a popular choice for various agricultural and landscaping purposes.


Noteworthy for its versatility, Perennial Ryegrass exhibits fair tolerance to saline and acidic soils, enhancing its suitability for diverse environmental settings. Beyond its adaptability, this grass species serves as a valuable resource for forage and soil stabilization. Particularly beneficial for livestock, Perennial Ryegrass boasts high nutritional content, with energy and protein levels when compared to other pasture grass alternatives. Its tolerance to grazing further enhances its utility in pasture mixtures, hay production, erosion control, and turf applications.



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Photo Credit: Thibault Lefort and Matt Lavin

Perennial Ryegrass


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